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Organize Course Materials in Brightspace Using (Sub) Modules

 Modules, Sub-modules, Table of Contents

In Brightspace, organizing your course content is made possible through the use of modules and sub-modules. Similar to folders, these tools help structure your course in a clear and logical way, aiding both you and your students in navigating the course material effectively.


Modules and sub-modules in Brightspace enable the hierarchical organization of your course. Modules in Brightspace are organizational units for your course content. They act as digital containers for various educational materials like topics, discussions, and assignments.

You can create sub-modules within your existing modules. This is useful for courses that cover a broad range of topics or have complex content structures. For instance, in a module on American History, you could have sub-modules like Colonial Period, Civil War, and Modern Era. You can also create submodules that organize content in weekly units. This segmentation helps in organizing content thematically or chronologically, making it easier for students to follow and understand.

They can also include sub-modules for more granular organization. This hierarchical structure is reflected in the Table of Contents (ToC) forming a vertical side menu, making it easier to manage complex topics or multi-week units.


Module interface in Brightspace


Submodule in Brightspace

Table of Contents

Brighspace Table of Contents


Imagine you are teaching a course on World Literature. You could utilize modules and sub-modules following the steps below.

  • Create a main module titled World Literature.
  • Within this module, use the sub-modules tool to create segments like European Literature, Asian Literature, and African Literature.

In this structure, each sub-module becomes a focused area of study, allowing students to concentrate on one literature region and period at a time. This organized approach helps in creating a learning path that is coherent and easier to manage, both for you and your students.

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